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Old 11-16-2006, 03:52 PM   #1
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Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

The Big Ideas Behind Nintendo's Wii

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“Ultimately, it came down to whether power should be a key element of the console or not.”

“Rather than just picking new technology, we thought seriously about what a game console should be. [CEO Satoru] Iwata wanted a console that would play every Nintendo game ever made.”

“Many of our employees initially wanted high-definition graphics. But they agreed with us that graphics wouldn’t matter if the games weren’t fun to play.”

“The DS prepared the way for the Wii. The DS’s unique interface had traction with nongamers. That made us think we had a shot at reaching a broader audience. But if the DS had flopped, we might have taken the Wii back to the drawing board.”

“The classic controller was something we had become fond of and gamers had become comfortable with. It had many important elements. But it also had come to dictate a lot of what went into games—the way graphics were made, the way battles were fought in role-playing games, the arc of in-game stories. They were all being made to fit one standard. Creativity was being stifled, and the range of games was narrowing."
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

I dont see it dont very well...
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

Wii will succeed because theyre focusing on gameplay rather than insane-o graphics. They know theres a growing number of gamers who long for the days where they can play games for long periods of times, put them down, then later come back to it.

PS3 is going to have awesome graphics, but i think the more time they spend making them that way, the less they focus on gameplay and replay value. sure its fun the first go-round, just cause the scenery is so awesome, but youre probably not gonna play it again.

X360 has a good mix of both worlds. If the makers can continue making the games like they have, they should have no problem.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

i couldn't agree more with these articles... here's another that is good...

developers say wii is a bargain

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In the unfolding video game war, underdog Nintendo has lined up powerful allies -- game makers, who like the new Wii's unconventional features and game development costs that run about half what's required for Microsoft and Sony's new consoles.

With two potential hits ready for launch and nearly three dozen titles expected by year end, Nintendo is scheduled to ship units and games faster than its bigger rivals, who significantly increased the power and graphics capabilities of their machines.

In their attempts to future-proof their machines with gee-whiz technology, Microsoft and Sony are forsaking the immediate profits Nintendo will reap with the Wii, which debuts November 19.

At $250, Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Wii will sell for roughly half the price of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's
Xbox 360. It clearly stands out from the crowd of three, thanks to a motion-sensitive remote that could redefine video game play as users swing it like a sword or a golf club.

"Does it have to have high-end graphics to be fun? No," said Laurent Detoc, who leads Ubisoft's North American business, and expects to have eight Wii games in stores within a month of the console release.

Nintendo, which was the leading console maker before Sony's PlayStation debut in the mid-90s, will sell its own games for $50, compared with the $60 price on most new games for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The cheaper price may mask fatter profits for developers. Consumers buy Wii titles for 17 percent less than next-generation console games, but publishers say development costs for Wii are only half as much -- or less.

THQ Inc. Chief Executive Brian Farrell said that investment in a next-generation video game can run roughly $12 million to $20 million, while a title for the Wii could be in the $5 million to $8 million range.


The Wii's similarities to its predecessor GameCube outnumber the differences, in terms of game development.

"When you talk about the PS3 and the Xbox 360, ramp-up costs are significant. You don't have the same ramp-up costs on the Wii because you have the tools already," said David Zucker, CEO of Midway Game Inc., whose Wii launch titles include "The Ant Bully" and "Rampage: Total Destruction."

Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).'s PS3 each boast eye-popping graphics and power leaps, requiring significant investments from game makers who want their titles to showcase those features.

The hottest holiday game for Microsoft's one-year-old Xbox 360 is the uber-violent alien shooter "Gears of War," which has been flying off store shelves since its release last week.

"Resistance: Fall of Man," an exclusive from Insomniac Games studio, is the most anticipated new launch title for the PS3, which debuts in the U.S. on November 17.

Sales of Nintendo's legacy GameCube accounted for about 15 percent of console sales in the last generation. The Yankee Group expects the Wii to reap a few more points of market share for Nintendo over the coming years.

Electronic Arts Inc. and Activision Inc., the two largest U.S. publishers, have also stepped up.

EA has promised to have stalwarts "Madden NFL 07" and racing game "Need for Speed Carbon" ready for launch. Activision's contribution includes "Call of Duty 3" and "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance."

Nick Earl, general manager of EA's game studio at its Redwood City, California headquarters, said the game giant's Nintendo console support is the highest in over a decade.

"It's a great marketplace to experiment," Earl said.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

i still dont know why people think that good graphics = good game.

look at ps3s and xbox360s big releases for this christmas..

another madden, another need for speed, call of duty 3 and another marvel game. i dont see why a graphical upgrade of games should cost close to $1k.

im not even saying that im buying a wii, im just saying i dont understand the point of the new system for repetitive gameplay.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

well, the point of wii is to get rid of repetative gaming. among other things
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

Gamasutra.com - Question of the Week: Are Games Industry Professionals Buying PlayStation 3 or Wii?

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Gamasutra's latest Question of the Week asked our esteemed audience of game industry professionals, educators and students for feedback on which next-gen hardware is actually being bought by game professionals at the end of next week, and why. Specifically, the question asked was as follows:

Q: As a video game professional, are you buying a Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo's Wii or both on their North American launch later next week? How are you securing your console (eBay, pre-order, queue?), and what underpinned your buying decision?

Interestingly, of the professionals we surveyed, the significant majority of them were more excited about Nintendo's Wii, and were intending to buy that console first. However, the PS3 wasn't left out entirely, and some curmudgeonly responders even insisted that they would buy nothing at all.

On the following pages, we'll highlight a few of the more interesting responses received.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

the only thing the wii will be good at is a few modestly fun games and a cheap system~
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the only thing the wii will be good at is a few modestly fun games and a cheap system~
That is my opinion as well.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

The Wii will succeed because....






It makes Bryant Gumble look like Malcom X.
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the only thing the wii will be good at is a few modestly fun games and a cheap system~
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That is my opinion as well.
as is mine...just like what the gamecube was, which I no longer even have.

now I have an NES which I still like to play.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

well, at least nintendo will make a profit on every wii and game sold

sony can't say that much

woot for cost of development
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They have to make a profit on each one sold because there won't be that many sold

Sony doesn't have too. The demand is already there. Once they buy the systems the games bring the cash in.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

sony created the demand by only having 400k units ready for launch. that's gonna bite them in the ***, i'll bet you

i know plenty of people that will buy a wii. and they'll actually be able to get one, becuz nintendo has healthy production numbers

and sony is taking a loss on the games too costs of development for ps3 are the highest of any system, ever

hence the uber high price tag on both ps3 and games
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They have to make a profit on each one sold because there won't be that many sold

Sony doesn't have too. The demand is already there. Once they buy the systems the games bring the cash in.
i disagree. everything i read thus far is showing that the wii is going to be selling like hotcakes.

i know at least 5 people who are buying a wii.. i dont know a single person buying a ps3.
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Re: Why the Nintendo Wii will succeed

simple fact. there are more games on wii than on ps3 that i'm interested in

ps3: f.e.a.r. (which i could play on pc)
resistance: fall of man
assassin's creed (looks gorgeous, same developer as prince of persia)
sonic the hedgehog (looks cool, but will probably be on wii eventually)

wii: legend of zelda (duh)
mario galaxy (i love teh mario 3d games)
red steel (intriguing controls and concept.. FPS + sword)
smash bros
excite truck (non cookie cutter racing)
metroid prime 3
far cry: vengeance

like i've been saying for weeks... ps3 has the graphics edge.. the innovative, creative and history edges remain in nintendo's favor

good graphics doesn't mean good gameplay
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my friend isnt going to camp out for the wii anymore... he called target and walmart and both have lines that exceed the amount of wiis they have.
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i never planned on camping out. i'll go to walmart and toys r us during the week and see if they have any new shipments then
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The Wii IS BOSS!!!

For real, it kicks ***.
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i dunno. i just went to best buy today and checked out all three. there were people in line for Wii. i dont know if they know theyre gonna have 4mil by the end of 06. unlike PS3, if you wait two weeks, you can walk in and buy it in-stock for whatever price. if theyre thinking they can turn around and sell it for a profit they got another thing coming.

PS3 did not impress me, they had some NBA game, eh. their arms and **** were all jagged and flat looking, i dont know how to describe it. the draw distances were way too near, the crowd became a blur at the 3rd row of seats, and the upper deck was just a hunk of colors, and the people were flat. felt like a PC game how it lacked depth.

the NFL game on the 360 looked the best out of all three. the players were a little jaggy around the edges, the 360 seems to be lacking on the anti-aliasing side of things, but the draw distances and renderings were right on, crowd was three dimensional and standing on the field, you felt like you were in a stadium, the depth of it all was right on.

I wouldve expected the Wii to at least look decent to compare to the other two graphically speaking, but honestly their graphics looked equal or less than a standard xbox. i mean yeah, its about the gameplay but cmon, im hoping it was just the game that sucked.
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Wii will outsell the PS3 by far.
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it already has...

600,000+ for wii on day two vs ~260,000 for ps3 on day 4
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